I love going to the Fresh Markets on Saturdays at Rocklea! It is always busy busy busy with people bustling around and families lining up for very cheap fruit and vegetables (compared to supermarkets) . Not only that the markets sell the cheapest fruit and vegetables in town, they do sell breakfast for the early birds that come in to buy the freshest produce. You can already smell the delicious food when you enter! mmmm!
Near the flower and plant stall you can spot the Greek food stand, the Asian take away stand, the bacon and egg stand, and then the dutch pancakes and coffee stall. Across from these stalls you can spot the infamous German sausage stand which they sell the cheapest bread and sausage for about $6. They are mighty big! Trust me! In the middle of the stalls is the food court where a lot of families gather around and eat breakfast and lunch and listen to free performances by local musicians. Sometimes the kids gather around up there and dance around a bit. Cute much?
By around 11pm to 11.30pm things get a bit heated up. Most of the fruit goes CHEAP around this time. Spruikers from the stands will yell out their specials. $1 $1 $1 dollar kg for bananas!!! Then on the other stand you will hear 79cents a kg!! 79cents a kg!! for bananas!!! or 3 punnets of strawberries for 2 bux!!! That is right folks 3 punnets of strawberries for 2 bux! This is the time when I come in to get really cheap deals!! I usually make a whole loop and memorise all the prices in my head and head back to the cheapest stall to buy fruit and vegetables. I sound cheap? No, I am just being smart! I bought 7kgs of lady finger banana's for around $7 and that is sooo cheap compared to supermarkets. Supermarkets pretty much sell lady finger's for around $4.99 depending the season. Once I bought a bag of fresh tomatoes for 49 cents and 3 ice burg lettuce for only $1! The cheap price really depends on the season on the produce however the produce that are not really in season are cheaper at the markets.
I always have a lot fun browsing around for cheap fruit and vegetables and occasionally having a quick bite of the delicious local food. I go to this market about every fortnight when I want to bulk up on fruit and vegetables. This is a big advantage if you want to buy big! However, if you are only going for a few things I suggest just save your $3 entry fee and petrol and just go to the supermarket.
If you would like to experience what a fresh market is like then come along by yourself or bring your family! It's friendly and fun!
When: 6am to 12pm every Saturday Morning
Where: Brisbane Market Place, 250 Sherwood Road, Rocklea BRISBANE QLD AUSTRALIA
How to get there: You can get there by Car - it costs $3 for parking or you can park across the road and enter the markets for $1 per person. Or you can go by public transport and stop at Rocklea station which is the closest train station (check Translink for more info)
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